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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Corntos? What the bloody hell are Corntos?

Yesterday my housemate Lucy and I were off to the movies, and thought a little movie watching snack was in order. I think that movie food is outrageously overpriced. I know post-mix costs about 12 cents a litre, I refuse to pay $6 for a cup that contains 45 per cent ice and 55 per cent watery syrup. Don't even get me started on popcorn.

I really feel that there is no shame in bringing your own food into a movie theatre. A victimless crime as far as I am concerned. The majority of the "food" on offer at the movies is not even food. As long as you show a little courtesy to the people around you (sitting down to a two hour flick with a whole roast chicken is not polite) the cinema should comply with a don't ask, don't tell policy. If you want to eat something healthy at the cinema, it's strictly BYO.

I wasn't looking for a healthy snack however, I was just being stingy. A side trip en-route to the cinema saw us at Chickenfeed, with a little too much time to kill. Chickenfeed, for those non-Tasmanian readers, is the cheapest place to buy just about anything, from a chocolate bar (probably out of date) to an outdoor setting (probably not in compliance to any Australian safety standards).

I love Chickenfeed. Hours of entertainment can be had here. I'm not surprised at anything they stock. It is also the best place to buy secret Santa presents. There are 29 Chickenfeed stores in Tasmania, check out one near you.

My latest discovery is CORNTOS! Yes that's right, CORNTOS. With capital letters. Before you jump to conclusions, I didn't buy these (see picture top left), but curiosity is getting the better of me, I might just have to pick some up tomorrow.

According the the CORNTOS packaging, CORNTOS are tasty little corn chip/ twisty like things that look like little fried orange turds. And the most frightening aspect of this product, (not the ingredients list, with no discernable food like ingredients), is the little blue box on the left which says "HEALTHY SCHOOL STRATEGY APPROVED." What the? I could not imagine a child on earth with the ability to digest this snack, let alone draw nutritional value from it.

I truly hope that no parent purchases a packet of CORNTOS, ever.

Now, to be a total hipocrite, I did purchase an out of date chocolate bar for 75 cents, and I ate it. It was delicious. But I am a grown adult, who can make informed decisions about the crap that I do (or don't, more often than not) eat. But even I draw the line at the Corntos.

6 comments:

Lucy said...

or was that 2 for $1...?

Anonymous said...

If you had accually bought the snack you would realise how amazing these things are. I'd Tap that.

Maggie said...

Anon, on your insistance I will attempt to purchase some Corntos, eat them, then let you know how I get on.

Wish me luck.

Anonymous said...

Late Post. Did you get the corntos did you like them?. My local store stopped selling them so no more corntos for me.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, im a 14 year old teen in Burnaby, BC, Canada (near Vancouver). The school I go to sells corntos at the school shop. The sell in two flavors: BBQ and Nacho Cheese for 50cents each. Well at my school, Corntos is selling quite well, in fact its the top seller, and the students seem to like the flavor. It is presumably healthy for the school store to be selling it. Maybe its different but it meets the description you have posted above. "Orange turds"/ They have CORNTOS written on the packaging.

Anonymous said...

They are so not orange turds!! We had them every day in Cuba last summer they're soooo adictive!!!! i have been looking everywhere for them theyre amazing!!